English Language Arts

The three main elements of literacy instruction include decoding, fluency, and comprehension and are taught as part of a balanced literacy program at Kittredge School. 

Kittredge School employs a research-based reading and writing curriculum developed by Columbia Teachers College Reading and Writing Project in grades K-5.  The Project has a deep and enduring understanding of the foundations of literacy instruction. The units of study from TCRWP provide us with learning progressions that align to the Common Core Curriculum Standards and follow a workshop model of delivery. 

In the lower elementary grades, students learn to read. Grades K-2 introduce students to the essential elements of language and sound symbols through a research-based program called Fundations. Students are introduced to "Mr. Owl" and baby owl "Echo" to help them understand concepts of print and develop their ability to decode words.
As students progress they begin to read to learn!  The goal is for students to become enthusiastic, independent readers who employ their literacy skills to become agents of their own learning.  In the upper grades students learn to read and interpret more complex texts in a variety of genres. They will learn to ask critical questions, as well as synthesize and interpret what they are reading.

Additional information about TCRWP can be found at:

http://readingandwritingproject.com/about/tcrwp.html

Literacy Assessments

We use a variety of assessments to ensure that students are progressing toward grade level benchmarks:

Columbia Teacher’s College Reading and Writing Project Formal Leveled Reading Assessments:
 
Using the Teachers College method, students periodically read a leveled book or passage one-to-one with their teacher, retelling the story, and answering both literal and inferential questions about the text.  After analyzing the different components of the assessment, student’s current reading level is determined.

Spelling Inventory: This assessment is administered 2 times a year: September and May.  It is a list of spelling words that test students’ knowledge of phonetic development and spelling patterns.  

AIMS web: AIMSweb is a benchmark and progress monitoring system that measures early literacy skills, reading fluency, math computation, and math concepts and application(s).

STATE-WIDE ASSESSMENTS: This year students in grades 3-5 will be assessed by a new state-wide test called MCAS 2.0. These tests will be administered online will be similar to the recent PARCC assessments.
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